Portugal ends 2019 seventh in FIFA rankings

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 28-12-2019 14:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese national football team will finish the year in seventh place in the FIFA rankings, despite having won the League of Nations in a ranking that continues to be led by Belgium

After finishing 2018 in sixth place, Portugal climbed to fifth place in September this year, but in October it dropped to sixth and in November it fell to seventh, a position it will hold until the end of 2019.

This year, the team led by Fernando Santos won the first League of Nations, the final of which took place in Porto, and secured a place in the final phase of Euro2020, with the second place in Group B of clearance.

In a year in which it played 10 official matches, Portugal scored seven wins, two draws and suffered only one defeat, against Ukraine in Kiev, 2-1, in October.

The last match took place on 17 November, with a 2-0 victory in Luxembourg, which confirmed qualification for the next European championship.

In a top-10 that has not changed its position again, the leadership has belonged to Belgium for over a year, since 25 October 2018, with France in second place, Brazil third, while England comes in fourth.

The Portuguese team appears ahead of Spain, who are eighth, and behind Uruguay, fifth, and Croatia, sixth. Germany, who will also be opponents of the Portuguese team in the next European Championship, is in 15th place.

Among the other teams with Portuguese coaches, Paulo Bento's South Korea moved up one place to 40th and Cameroon, coached by António Conceição, kept 53rd.

- FIFA ranking on 19 December 2019:

1. (1) Belgium, 1,765.

2. (2) France, 1,733.

3. (3) Brazil, 1,712.

4. (4) England, 1,661.

5. (5) Uruguay, 1,645.

6. (7) Croatia, 1,642.

7. (6) Portugal, 1,639.

8. (8) Spain, 1,636.

9. (9) Argentina, 1,623

10.(10) Colombia, 1,622


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